The Penelopiad and Circe: Two Retellings of Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’

‘The Penelopiad’ by Margaret Atwood and ‘Circe’ by Madeline Miller changed the narrative set by Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’ ‘Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns driven time and again off course, once he had plundered the hallowed heights of Troy.’ – The Odyssey by Homer ‘The Odyssey’ by Homer … Continue reading The Penelopiad and Circe: Two Retellings of Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’

Books Read by Fictional Characters

You read a book and the fictional character in your book reads a book too! Don’t you love it when this happens… It is exciting to find fictional characters relishing a book or just a small plot of some book or getting inspired by another book.   Another charm in knowing a fictional character’s love … Continue reading Books Read by Fictional Characters

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell | Book Recommendation

“Food! Food! Why did the stomach have a longer memory than the mind?” War isn’t poetic or romantic, not even in literature. ‘Gone With the Wind’ by Margaret Mitchell makes such a compelling read in its realistic portrayal of the American Civil War period. ‘Gone With the Wind’ had been on my TBR for a … Continue reading Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell | Book Recommendation

Three of My Favourite Agatha Christie Books

Reading ‘Agatha Christie’ makes one nostalgic. I wonder how an old-fashioned crime investigation can hold its charm for a 100-years now! Agatha Christie published her first book, ‘The Mysterious Affair at Styles’ in 1920 and introduced Hercule Poirot, the detective who appeared in thirty-three of her sixty-six detective novels. Sherlock Holmes (created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) … Continue reading Three of My Favourite Agatha Christie Books

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad: Book Review

‘Heart of Darkness’, the Classic written by Joseph Conrad was published in 1899. Since its publication, ‘Heart of Darkness’ has stood as a mirror to imperial exploitation in Africa. The relevance and authenticity in the narrative stem from the fact that Conrad has drawn to his own experience as a sailor. In 1890, Conrad’s wish … Continue reading Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad: Book Review

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: Book Review

When 'Da Vinci Code' came out in 2003, I was in college and everyone had this book in their hands. I borrowed the book from a friend, stayed up all night and finished it. A decade and a half down the lane, Dan Brown made progression with The Lost Symbol, Inferno and then the Origin. … Continue reading The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: Book Review

Milkman by Anna Burns: Book Review

'Milkman' by Anna Burns won the Man Booker Prize in 2018. The buzz around this book intrigued me to pick it up. Feminist writings are always a compelling read and 'Milkman' is no less, though it comes with a sense of obscurity. The unique authorial voice of Anna Burns in ‘Milkman’ is what elevates this … Continue reading Milkman by Anna Burns: Book Review

Circe by Madeline Miller: Book Review

'Circe' by Madeline Miller was published in 2018 and garnered rave reviews for retelling the story of vicious sorceress Circe from 'The Odyssey'. I have not read Miller's first book, the acclaimed ‘The Song of Achilles’, the retelling of Homer’s Illiad. Nonetheless, I had to read ‘Circe’ for all the wonderful reviews it received in … Continue reading Circe by Madeline Miller: Book Review

The Odyssey by Homer: Book Review

For the one who has not read ‘Illiad’, ‘The Odyssey’ may set you on course an unchartered territory. ‘The Odyssey’ is the world of ancient Greek mythology where humans, Gods, and monsters cohabit magical islands and kingdoms. At the heart of it, is the chivalry and valour of one man – Ulysses. It is said … Continue reading The Odyssey by Homer: Book Review

The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald: The Book or the Movie?

What saves your day better than a ‘Classic’? And, I went straight to F. Scott Fitzgerald entering the world of ‘The Great Gatsby’. This book was published in 1925 and potently portrays the pursuit of American dreams during the Jazz age. Fitzgerald non-apologetically brings out the snobbery, infidelity and class distinction of the rich class … Continue reading The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald: The Book or the Movie?